400 years ago the Italian physicist Galileo Galilei used a telescope
to study the sky for the first time and made a number of important
discoveries about the Moon and the planets. Also in 1609 Johannes
Kepler published his "Astronomia nova", an epoch-making book on our
solar system. In remembrance of these milestones in the history of
astronomy the United Nations proclaimed the year 2009 as the
International Year of Astronomy (IYA). The Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) has initiated a variety
of regional and supra-regional projects with the objective of getting
children and grown-ups interested in astrophysics and astronomy.
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Cosmic "Riding early waves"
Girls' Day in Germany
Pictures from Girls' Day 2009
Project "Wissenschaft in die Schulen"
Aufbau und Zerstörung - über Schwarze Löcher, Sternexplosionen und die Entstehung der Galaxien
Posters Picture Gallery
Cosmology Exhibition in the Deutsche Museum
Forschung Live (Tag der offenen Tür)